Motorcycle Oil

All you need to know about motorcycle engine oil

Basic types of engine oil explained.

Engine oil grading system, we help you understand the difference.

Lubricant brands are producing a plethora of different engine oils that if you don’t know what you are doing it’ll cost you the ingredients of your wallet and probably, even your precious motorbike. Asking friends does not help either as they will tend to give you different answers on which is the best. Therefore, we here at Gmanians Motorshop will help you break down the mystery of engine oil for your motorcycles.


First of all, the basic thing every rider needs to know is the types of Motorcycle engine oil that they are using or planning to use. When it comes down to the materials of engine oils, there are only THREE basic types; Mineral Oils (MO), Semi-Synthetic Oils (SS) and Fully Synthetic Oils (FS). Below are the basic explanations for each individual type.

1) Mineral Oils (MO)

Mineral oils are essentially a product or by-product of petroleum processing. Essentially the most basic type of engine oil. It is highly recommended for smaller capacity engines that do not impose a lot of mechanical pressure while running.

Most manufacturers will recommend new bike owners to use mineral oils as they offer good engine protection for the first few kilometers of running the engine. The upside of mineral oils is that they are very affordable and will not hurt your wallet for frequent oil changes. The downside of mineral oils is that they don’t last very long so you need to make sure to replace the oil at recommended intervals. Even with frequent oil changes, it is still considered affordable to most folks.

2) Semi-Synthetic Oils (SS)

As the name goes, semi-synthetic oil is a mixture of mineral oils and synthetic oils. Manufacturers have taken the best of both worlds; the high level of protection from mineral oils and high-performance aspects from synthetic oils.

If you’re running a smaller capacity bike upwards to 250cc which produces a healthy horsepower but still are not put under a lot of stress (like normal daily commutes to work), therefore, the semi-synthetic oil is the right choice for you.

3) Fully Synthetic Oil (FS)

The fully synthetic oils are considered to be the best of the best. Constructed out of pure polymers based on factory-made oils, it is the exact opposite of mineral oil (you can say it is artificial and not made using any natural products). The best example of when to use this type of oil is for high-performance motorcycles that are constantly put under a lot of stress. Superbikes and race machines are prime examples of machinery that require the help of fully synthetic oils.

So there you have it, folks. When it comes down to engine oils, different manufacturers have different formulations using multiple additives that come with a variety of claims. Just keep it simple and understand the basics and you’ll be just fine. Knowing these basic criteria will give you peace of mind, a happy wallet, and happy motorbikes. Like the saying goes, “Happy bikes, happy lives”. Or something like that…

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